FORD Motor Company of Australia Limited has issued a recall for its PX and PXII Ranger double cab utes (campaign number, 16S10; target number, 58 066).
The fault involves a rear folding seatback latch spring that may break and cause the latch mechanism to fail.
This news correlates with the recall of Mazda’s BT-50 dual cab ute, where the rear seat is compromised by the suspect spring.
If the latch mechanism fails in either the Ranger or the BT-50 there’s a chance that the rear seatback won’t lock correctly in an upright position.
According to the report, “this may increase the risk of injury to rear seat occupants in the event of a collision”.
It’s recommended that owners do not use the rear seats unless they have confirmed that the seat has completely clicked into position.
To check that it’s fully engaged, firmly pull the seat forward. If it moves forward, you have an issue and you should avoid using the rear seats.
Owners of the affected Ford Rangers will receive a recall notice in the mail as soon as replacement parts become available.
If unsure, or if you have any questions, contact Ford’s customer relationship centre on 1800 503 672.
Earlier this month FCA Australia issued recalls for its 2014-2015 (KL) Jeep Cherokee due to a wiring harness fault. FCA also recalled its 2014-2016 (KL) Jeep Cherokee as wheel-flare protection spats weren’t installed on some models.
To top off a busy month for manufacturers, GM Holden recalled its RG Colorado and Colorado 7 due to a faulty bolt on the front seatbelt.